Powder room redo

I’m back!

After a five month hiatus I decided it was time to get back to writing.

I decided to take a few months off to spend more time with the kids, focus more on my work and to volunteer at their school. There is only so much time in the day and unfortunately blogging was what needed to be put on the back burner for a while.

Now that I feel like I’m back in control of my schedule and things don’t feel so chaotic I would like to share one of my favourite projects that we have done in our house.

When we first looked at this house I was thrilled that it had a powder room. It was small only 3 feet by 6 feet, and dark but with a toddler I was trying to potty train I didn’t care about the aesthetics, I cared that I didn’t have to run upstairs every time Callum said he had to pee.

Over the years I have tried to brighten it up. I painted it a cheerful yellow but the room still felt unfinished and every time I looked at it I knew more needed to be done to make it feel as finished as the rest of our home.


It sounds funny that I was so embarrassed about the state of the powder room. I mean who cares right? It’s just a place where people go to do their business. Well for some reason I super cared.  Ask Chris. He endured months of harassment. Many hours of “so when do you think you want to start the powder room?”. A big thanks to him for putting up with my nagging and for doing such a great job! My step mom Nancy also deserves a shout out. Without her I would still be trying to figure out how to hang wall paper and would most likely be covered in paste and crying in frustration.

I didn’t want to knock down walls or rip up flooring for a few reasons, cost and there is no way to make the room any bigger unless I took out part of my kitchen or moved the basement stairs.

We kept the current vanity, sink, light fixture and toilet but added in some bead board and wall paper. Both are from Home Depot.

What a difference that made!

The whole room feels bigger and brighter.


We also took out the medicine cabinet. It was a junk magnet and looked cheap so it had to go. We replaced it with some reclaimed wood shelving.

I also added in a new mirror and pictures. Although the mirror is small it seems bigger because the frame is also mirror. The mirror is from Homesense.


This is our old mirror. Isn’t it hideous?!

New one is much better.


We had to live without a toilet for a few hours. The kids were not impressed. Going upstairs to use the bathroom is apparently a lot of work.


The pictures are from indigo.ca. I knew I wanted something floral and the simplicity and muted colours are a perfect compliment to the room.

Now when I look at the powder room I smile. I don’t feel like I need to close the door so people won’t see how awful it looks. Our main floor is complete! Or is it? I’m sure I have another project up my sleeves.






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